Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad categorically denied that his
country was behind a plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to
Washington, in an interview with Al Jazeera Monday.
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"If the US
administration is under the impression that by doing this that it can
create conflict between us and Saudi Arabia, it is sadly mistaken," he
Asked whether he thought Iran and the United States were on
an inevitable "collision course" towards military conflict, he replied:
"I don't think so."
"I think that there are some people in the
US administration who want this to happen but I think there are wise
people in the US administration who know they shouldn't do such a
"By accusing Iran," he added, "they are not going to achieve anything."
asked about his country's position on Israel, Ahmadinejad said: "We
believe that occupation should be eliminated. Killing people and murder
should disappear. Terrorism should be eliminated. Does the Zionist
regime do anything but these things?"
But the Iranian president also took a deescalating tone, adding, that Tehran's "method is a humanitarian one. We talk."
role, he said, is to "explain the truth that the occupation should be
eliminated," saying that the Palestinians should be allowed to decide
their own fate.